Eurocommunism’s contribution to the idea of ‘democracy without qualifying adjectives’

Soundings - ISSN 1362-6620
Volume 2024 Number 86

Eurocommunism’s contribution to the idea of ‘democracy without qualifying adjectives’
Óscar García Agustín talks to Gaspar Llamazares, pages 39-48
DOI: 10.3898/SOUN.86.02.2024


Gaspar Llamazares joined the Communist Party of Asturias in 1981. Between 2000 and 2008 he was the national coordinator of Izquierda Unida (United Left). In response to the rise of the 15M movement, he and others founded Izquierda Abierta (Open Left), with the aim of building a larger progressive coalition. The party remained within Izquierda Unida, but aimed to counteract the weight of the Communist Party within the coalition. In 2017 he co-founded the political platform Actúa (Do it) to give voice to those who did not feel represented by PSOE and Podemos. In 2019, he left Izquierda Unida. In 2023 he was elected as a member of the Oviedo council, representing the electoral coalition Convocatoria por Oviedo, and nowadays he is spokesperson for the coalition. He has written extensively about the left and is a defender of the legacy of Eurocommunism, understood as the defence of socialism and pluralism within the political and parliamentary system established during the Spanish Transition, and as the formation of a large progressive coalition to gradually change the capitalist system. 

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Óscar García Agustín (2024) Eurocommunism’s contribution to the idea of ‘democracy without qualifying adjectives’, Soundings, 2024(86), 39-48.

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